Oakley Vale Primary School

Part of the Brooke Weston Trust

Educating the next generation of inspirational adults

Curriculum Coverage & Content

Curriculum Coverage & Content

EYFS            Year 1              Year 2              Year 3


Year 4          Year 5          Year 6

Curriculum Statement 2016/17

At Oakley Vale Primary School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. We teach all the National Curriculum subjects required for Primary schools in England. These comprise of core subjects of Maths, English, Science, ICT and RE and the six foundation subjects of History, Geography, Design Technology, Music, Art and PE. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school.  The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.

  The curriculum is based on teaching the skills that the children need to know from all of the subject areas and has been developed as a creative curriculum with strong English links throughout our curriculum work.

The curriculum is planned and evaluated by the teaching and support staff in depth on a yearly basis and this is recorded in a long term map for each year group to ensure that all of the skills are covered, progression is in place across the school and the children’s needs and interests are followed. When each year group sets the long term plan we ensure every half term there is a sparkling start to really spark off the learning theme with a bang. We also plan a fabulous finale which finalises the end of that learning journey, this usual involves parents or a trip or visitor. Our long term maps also provide planned opportunities for British Values and SMSC across the curriculum where appropriate. We also plan at least one local visit and one larger trip during the year.

There is a strong emphasis placed upon speaking and listening and drama when children are given opportunities to share ideas, discuss opinions and express themselves clearly and confidently showing sensitivity to the views of others. 

Children are also part of the School council, playground buddies, class ambassadors, Little Ambassadors, standards committee members, sports crew and health ambassadors.

Through Personal, Social and Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) we aim to develop each child’s self-esteem, confidence and independence. Sessions such as Circle Time are used to discuss, as a class, current issues within School. It also provides a time to celebrate and praise success. We follow the SEAL programme of study. The whole School studies the same themes at different levels and uses assemblies to introduce and conclude projects. We promote British values in school.


French is taught by a fluent French speaker across KS2, the children have interactive French lessons once a week.


At Oakley Vale, we aim to have reading at the heart of everything we do in school. As part of our creative curriculum, we ensure a high quality text is used to drive learning in every year group. Our home/school reading arrangements have been developed to focus on reading for meaning and we encourage everyone to re-read books in order to improve fluency and achieve a deeper understanding of what is read. Regular poetry assemblies take place throughout the year and author days are planned to support reading for pleasure.

Our routines:

  • Children are expected to read regularly – little and often, and be able to ask and answer questions related to the text.
  • All children are allocated a school reading scheme level related to their Year group and ability.
  • Once children have worked steadily through their Year group levels, they are encouraged to complete an Author Studies Project.
  • EYFS, Years 1 & 2 have the opportunity to change their reading books twice a week.
  • Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 have the opportunity to change their reading books once a week.
  • In addition, every class has a weekly timetabled slot to borrow/change a school library book which they are encouraged to read at home.
  • Learning Logs have a minimum expectation of three notes of reading at home which include book title, pages read & a parental signature.
  • In school, children are expected to complete a book review or a summary of a book read before changing books.
  • ‘Book Bucks’ are given to children weekly if they read 4, 5, 6 or 7 times. These are totalled up at the end of each term and a prize is given to the child with the most ‘Book Bucks’ earned in each class. (If there is more than one child with the highest total, then their names are put into a hat and the winner drawn out.)
  • Year 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 have Reading Ambassadors who meet regularly to plan and run reading initiatives to promote a love of reading in our school.
  • Poetry Phase Assemblies are held 6 times a year in which the children learn a poem by heart and perform it to their peers.
  • A ‘Reading Catch-up’ group runs every Monday break time for ten minutes. Children who haven’t read at home 3 times the previous week are given the opportunity to read to an adult. Attendance is voluntary.
  • Pupil voice is valued and captured regularly. This is used to inform future initiatives in school.
  • Reading is taught explicitly 4 times a week and incorporated across the curriculum at every opportunity. 


Maths is taught as a discreet subject throughout the school. We use the Maths Hub curriculum across the whole school to ensure coverage and progression across school. This provides interactive problem solving and challenges at appropriate levels as per National Curriculum expectations. Maths is also taught on a practical level using children's own experiences to embed concepts. Children recall number facts on a daily basis. Tables are regularly practised and are part of homework for weekly tests. Maths is also explored throughout the curriculum as part of the topics covered. 

Information Communication Technology

We have a laptop trolley which is moved to the classrooms when needed to ensure all children receive a hands on computing curriculum, we also have access to learn pads and Ipads to ensure our ICT skills are cross curricular. As a school we follow the rising stars curriculum to ensure progression and coverage across all year groups.

Internet safety is of upmost importance to Oakley Vale Primary school. The internet safety rules are shared with the children on a regular basis in assemblies and in lessons as well as being on show around school.

Physical Education

Throughout the year, every class has two hours of PE each week for a variety of activities including gymnastics, dance, games, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities. Year 4 go swimming on a weekly basis. All children are expected to participate unless excused on medical grounds in which case a request must be made in writing. All children will be expected to change so that they can move freely. Physical education is taught using pacesetters and a real PE scheme of work which ensures coverage and progression across all year groups. We have achieved our gold award in PE at Oakley Vale Primary School. There are regular and varied PE clubs throughout the year.


Music is a very important part of the Oakley Vale’s ethos. Children work with music across the curriculum having opportunities to appraise music and to distinguish between composers and instruments when listening. They sing regularly and perform frequently. There are also opportunities for children across school to receive lessons in playing guitar, violin or woodwind instruments.

Sex Education
Sex Education is included as part of our normal Health Education programme. Young children see no distinction between questions about sex and questions on any other subject. Their curiosity arises naturally and so their questions are answered naturally, as and when they arise. Honest answers are given at a level suitable for a child to understand.

The School Nurse usually visits the upper School to discuss menstruation and hygiene with the girls. A special course on health and sex education will be given to Y6 children based on the video “All About Me”. Parents will have a chance to view the programme and see the related materials in advance. The programmes focus upon puberty. Children are able to participate in follow up discussions. Should parents have any queries or concerns, the Head or class teacher will be happy to discuss them. We respect parents’ views and should a parent feel that this work is not appropriate we will make alternative arrangements for their child during these lessons, provided we are given advance warning.

The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas.

Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.